Protests erupt after farmer acquitted in Colten Boushie death

Trial starts for Gerald Stanley accused of shooting Colten Boushie

"We're all hurting", she said. "We need to call on peace and calm right now". "Come together and make sure that this does not happen again".

At a later news conference with the Boushie family, FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron was visibly angry about the result. His lawyers had argued the shooting was accidental. And then I accidentally walked back to the auto.

From the beginning in August 2016, Colten Boushie's death and the second-degree murder charge against Gerald Stanley exposed an ugly side in rural Saskatchewan - landowners who blame Indigenous people for high rates of property crime and First Nations who bear the brunt of that racism and hate.

"What a bunch of garbage".

The sound of crying amplified around a Battleford courtroom Friday night following the acquittal of Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley. Crown prosecutor Bill Burge disputed that Stanley believed the firearm was empty and that the gun could have had a misfire or hang fire. We did not feel it throughout this entire process.

He also spoke to Stanley directly. That is one step I am taking to see justice. "Gerald Stanley has not got away with this yet".

"Your children will pay or your grandchildren will pay".

"We grieve with the family of Colten today and we send up our prayers that justice will be served, if not today, then soon", Jonathan said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted about the decision from Los Angeles late Friday, saying "I can't imagine the grief and sorrow the Boushie family is feeling tonight". "He's a murderer. They are not sweeping this under the carpet".

Just spoke with @Puglaas.

Alvin Baptiste, Boushie's uncle, said Friday's verdict had left him "shocked".

"I'd like to speak to her privately. As we await the verdict and wonder what impact this could have on our province, and more importantly, our relations with each other, we must continue to work with each other in a good way, in a respectful way".

Thank you PM @JustinTrudeau.

It is also meant to send a message to the family of Colten Boushie.

"It's a awful feeling to hear not guilty", he told reporters outside the court.

Several members of Boushie's family broke down after the verdict was announced, a decision Red Pheasant First Nation Chief Clint Wuttunee called "absolutely perverse".

However, he said the shooting has made him and others more cautious when driving between the community and Saskatoon. Non-First Nations coming on reserve, they're not going to want to break down.

Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said that despite multiple inquiries into how Canada's justice system has failed Indigenous people, it remains rife with systemic racism.

About 70 or so supporters rallied in front of the court house starting at 1 p.m.; the scene was repeated throughout the country in Saskatoon, Regina, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and elsewhere.



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